I didn't comment on the question of whether or not atheists are held back by American society but I'm extremely interested in hearing you make your case on it. With politicians, and as you contend with the Scotus, you didn't need to make the point because it's very easy to see for even outsiders like this Canadian.
Can you make the point on professionals. For example, is there evidence of school teachers being screened in order to keep out the atheists?
I would assume that it's a difficult question on which to determine the truth because atheists obviously have to stay in the closet when applying for jobs in many fields. This leads one to believe that declaring oneself to be an atheist would lessen a person's chances of being hired as a teacher. While in the real world it should definitely enhance the applicants chances.
Article Two of the United States Constitution requires the President of the United States to nominate Supreme Court Justices and, with Senate confirmation, requires Justices to be appointed. " https://en.wikipedia...e_United_States
The current president appears to surround himself with religious nuts, it is highly unlikely he will nominate an Atheist as one quick example of prejudice at the highest levels.
The republican party has no atheist senators, perhaps an example of selection based on religious beliefs, again discrimination.
Are atheists just as likely to get promoted through the ranks, as religious nuts, for example why are foundations needed https://www.military...ce-general.html if regular abuses do not take place.